Amazing Long-Distance Hikes Near Blue Ridge, GA
From outstanding overlooks and long-range views to rushing rivers and gorgeous waterfalls, these amazing adventures visit some of North Georgia’s most beautiful places.
Filled with lush forests, crystal-clear rivers, and towering old-growth trees, Georgia’s Cohutta Wilderness offers some of the most remote hiking trails in the state. Encompassing more than 36,000 acres, the Cohutta is part of the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River. Its pristine, untamed beauty and remote location make it an outstanding option for a long-distance adventure.
Emery Creek Trail
6.2 Miles Round Trip
Explore two tumbling waterfalls on this water-filled adventure. The hike to Emery Creek Falls follows lush, shady creek banks and makes 20 creek crossings. It’s a perfect adventure for those sweltering Georgia summer days since you’re sure to get wet.
Jacks River Falls
9 Miles Round Trip
Arguably one of Georgia’s most exceptional waterfalls, Jacks River Falls puts on a show in any season. The hike follows the Beech Bottom Trail through fern-filled, mossy forests and along the banks of the turbulent river. In warm weather months, wildflowers burst into bloom along the forest floor, making the trip to the falls equally as beautiful as the main attraction, Jacks River Falls.
Conasauga River Trail from Betty Gap
13.2 Miles Round Trip
Hike the southern half of the Conasauga River Trail and splash through 36 river fords. This challenging but stunning hike explores a remote section of the Cohutta Wilderness, following the namesake river for most of the trip. It’s a refreshing, wet adventure best attempted in the warm summer months.
Appalachian Trail (AT)
The infamous Appalachian Trail starts its 2,000+-mile journey to Main right here in Fannin County. Several convenient access points near Blue Ridge allow for easy entry onto the AT and open up a range of options for exploration. Several of the most popular Appalachian Trail day hikes visit the southern terminus of the trail at Springer Mountain, taking in sweeping views from the summit.
Three Forks to Springer Mountain
8.6 Mile Round Trip
The ultra-scenic hike from the Three Forks river valley to the summit of Springer Mountain climbs through a widely diverse series of landscapes. From the lush, mossy, creek-filled valley at Three Forks, the trail climbs through a dense forest on the lower elevations of Springer Mountain before traversing the rocky summit.
AT Approach Trail
15.5 Miles Round Trip
Waterfalls AND mountain-top views on one trail? What could be better? The Appalachian Approach Trail summits Springer Mountain from the top of Georgia’s tallest waterfall, Amicalola Falls. From the falls, the trail climbs through a forest filled with hemlock, pine, poplar, rhododendron and mountain laurel before reaching the summit. A bronze plaque on the mountaintop commemorates the southernmost white trail blaze on the Appalachian Trail.
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